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Rainer Maria
ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU (ALREADY KNOWS)
(Polyvinyl)
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A live CD/DVD set from a B-list indie-rock act during a moment of withering economic ruin ó in terms of cultural import, thatís equal to . . . what? Kiss Alive XVII? Sadly, these bookish Brooklynites donít do much here to counter that notion. The 11 live tracks collected on the CD half of this unfortunately titled set, recorded variously over two and a half years at a handful of indie clubs across the country, do a fine enough job of re-creating the sensation of standing in the back of a crowd being mildly amused by Rainer Maria. But thanks to an inevitably tinny mix ó this is emo weíre talking about ó they donít really capture the real-time sparks the band can give off when they get cooking onstage. Thatíd be the DVDís ostensible job, yet despite a valiant effort by the well-meaning folks at bandphotography.com, it doesnít fare a whole lot better, since even cutting between four camera angles canít make an hour inside North Carolinaís Catís Cradle worth enduring without some dudeís sweaty shoulder to lean on.

(Rainer Maria appear with Sparta and Coheed and Cambria, next Thursday, April 15, at the Palladium, 261 Main Street in Worcester; call 508-797-9696.)

BY MIKAEL WOOD


Issue Date: April 9 - 15, 2004
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